Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fall Playlist: Elise Edition

So lately, during my small hiatus from posting (SORRY SORRY SORRY!) I went to the most amazing Wombats show ever for my birthday (the big 2-0!) and I've been more than slightly obsessed with this phenomenal new-ish band who opened for them (and you're going to have to wait to find out who they are). They're all I listen to when I read, write, do homework, go to my get the idea. In honor of the loveliness and the reception of the summer series of playlists, I give you my slightly mellowed out version of the sounds I've been craving for fall.

Don't Make Me Wait, Locksley: This song is my most unhealthy obsession. I listen to it all the time because it puts butterflies in your stomach. It's one of those cute, 60s-esque, words that make you think of some one you really, really, really like songs.

Danny, Dakota and the Wishing Well, A Silent Film: Call me an emotional mess, but the first time I heard this song (in case you were wondering, which to be real you probably weren't, I came across an acoustic studio performance of this on youtube) I cried. I don't know why but it was just really sweet and lovely and was just asking to be added to this list.

Young Blood Tiesto and Hardwell Remix, The Naked and Famous: This is a song I really liked on its own, but one day at work I heard this remix and fell deeply in love. It's perfect.

Blueside and When Did Your Heart Go Missing, Rooney: I've had a soft spot for Rooney since the 7th grade. Their sound is a lot like Locksley's (I somehow found the strength to limit myself to only one of their songs) which I absolutely adore. Both songs are phenomenal in different ways, with "When Did Your Heart Go Missing" being the more upbeat of the two.

Our Perfect Disease, The Wombats: The Wombats are my favorite band. Ever. I adore their anecdotal and quirky lyrics, and the fact that they're from the UK doesn't really hurt either. I just saw their show last week, and it was MAJOR. In all caps. I couldn't even breathe.

It's Nice To Be Alive, Ballpark Music: When you need a pick-me-up in the middle of your busy/tiring/awful day, look no further than this gem of a song. It's happy and upbeat and has a bit of a retro sound.

Sleep Alone, Two Door Cinema Club: I just really like this one. It's played on the radio at least twice an hour, so I get to hear it A LOT when I'm driving. I'm not sick of it yet, so that's a good sign.

No Hope, The Vaccines: Call me creepy, but I found the video for this on my Facebook news feed. Then I listened to and subsequently loved it. If, by any chance, the kid's reading this, sorry for being creepy, but you have excellent taste!

Trembling Hands, Temper Trap: My obsession with Temper Trap started with 500 Days of Summer and escalated that time that they went to SXSW this year and I also happened to be there, listening to their music.

For those of you who weren't painfully bored with this post and made it here, first, thanks! and second, you're in for a treat. My last playlist pick is not one song, but five. One of the opening bands for The Wombats, who I gushed about earlier, was called The Royal Concept, and they are amazing. Their EP of the same name is all kinds of perfect, especially if you're a Phoenix fan. These ultra attractive Swedes are simply amazing live and on this EP.

This is a pretty mellow list and incorporates most of my faves. I hope you listen to/love these songs as much as I do. And let us know what you think!



Monday, September 24, 2012

Fall Playlist: Jasmine Edition

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First, let me start with an apology. This semester I hit the ground running and still haven't stopped. Unfortunately, blogging took the biggest hit. But I hope I've hit my stride and can come back to blogging.

Autumn is my favorite season. I love everything about it: the fashion, the leaf change, hot cider, visiting the pumpkin patch and/or apple orchard. My favorite month is October, which happens to house my favorite holiday: Halloween.

It's only September, but I'm already getting in the holiday mood. I've been distracting myself from homework by Googling Halloween costumes.

So, on that note, I've decided to introduce, not just a fall playlist, but a halloween playlist. Most of these songs are older, but still great for a party or just a festive feeling.

1. Dragula - Rob Zombie; Fun fact: the song's namesake is the Munster family's drag car, DRAG-U-LA.

2. Scream - Avenged Sevenfold; Again, no playlist is complete without at least one song from your favorite band. Fun fact: the song's beat is the same per minute as the human heart.

3. This is Halloween - Marilyn Manson; Recorded for Nightmare: Revisited, this tune is a great update of the Elfman original from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.

4. Zombie Dance - Escape the Fate; The title says it all. Fun fact: ETF's lead singer, Craig Mabbitt, recorded a version of What's This? from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

5. Voodoo - Godsmack; A good, melodic song. Great background party music. Fun fact: Godsmack is currently on the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival Tour.

6. (bonus!) End of the Summer - Theory of a Deadman; Not halloween related, but a cliche, celebratory fall song.

Until next time...

Rock out, kiddies!
- J

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Back-to-School Check List

Most, if not all, of us are back to school. The first few weeks are always madness: trying to find classes, buying books, finalizing schedules, finding parking or picking the quickest routes to class. It's also a time to figure out what you need to carry on a daily basis. 

Here's a list of essentials you will want on hand for the first weeks and beyond:
  • Laptop charger: Unfortunately laptops batteries don't last as long we need to them to. If you take notes in class or just need web access 24/7, and spend large amounts of time on campus, make sure you bring your charger. 
  • Wallet: Always make sure you have your wallet. You never know when you need change for the parking meter, a few dollars to grab a coffee or cash for a last minute lunch. Plus, it's the best place to keep your student ID.
  • Water bottle: It a lot easier, and cheaper, to refill your water bottle at water fountains, instead of buying a $2, bottled water every time you're thirsty. 
  • Snacks: Throw a few granola bars or some crackers in your bag for afternoon snacks between or during classes. It's also cheaper than hitting the vending machine every time your stomach grumbles.
  • Umbrella: We're having some strange weather in Michigan. It's September, 90 degrees and rainy. You never know when the heavens will decide to rain on you.  Pack an umbrella.
  • iPod: Music makes your trek around campus a lot less boring. But, don't get too lost in the music. Be aware of your surroundings.
All right, Pressurettes! It's time to hit the books and burn the midnight oil. Welcome to Fall 2012!

Rock out, kiddies.
- J

Monday, September 3, 2012

Constructive Distraction: Pintester

Procrastination doesn't have to be a total waste of time. This monthly post highlights websites to make your time avoiding research papers and textbooks productive.

Happy Labor Day, ladies and lads! I hope you're kicking back and enjoying the last, unofficial weekend of summer. Take this extra day to relax and recharge before getting back, or starting, the school-year grind.
Pinterest in the newest member to the social-networking family. The invite-only site was slow to start, but once it was rolling, there was stopping it. It's so popular it's spawned spin-off blogs.

My favorite is Pintester.

The sites tagline is "Fucking up Pinterest pins so you don't have to." The blog author, self-proclaimed "Pintester," tests a variety of pins with varying degrees of success. Most of the time, her pin-test utterly unsuccessful, but occasionally, they turn out not so bad.

This blog not only saves time, but it gives laughs. Pintester writes step-by-step, tried-and-true posts detailing her testings. She says everything you know you would if you were in her shoes.

So before you run to the store to collect the ingredients or supplies to try a pin, check out Pintester.

Until next time...


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